Local college briefs

July 1, 2013 


Belleville East graduate signs with Lynx

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville Women's Bowling has announced the signing of Katelyn Budnicki for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Budnicki is a Belleville native and graduate of Belleville East High School. As a senior, Budnicki averaged a 195 and was named 2013 Team Captain for the Lancers. She recorded a personal-best 265 that sent her to the state tournament.

In addition to bowling, Budnicki was dedicated to her school and her community through several groups and organizations. She was a member of French Club, Ecology Club and Stride (GSA). Budnicki also served as Vice President of Hope Club, an organization implemented for students to assist with their peers with special education requirements. She was responsible for the growth of Hope Club at Belleville East.

Budnicki will join the Lady Lynx bowling team for the 2013-14 season and pursue a bachelor's degree in science.

Women's basketball

SIUE names assistant coach

EDWARDSVILLE -- Jordann Plummer has been named an assistant coach for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball program, announced Head Coach Paula Buscher.

Plummer most recently was an assistant coach at Webster University. Plummer has deep roots in the Midwest having played high school basketball at Cardinal Ritter in St. Louis and her collegiate basketball at Drake University.

"We are excited to have Jordann join our Cougar family," said Buscher. "Jordann has a tremendous passion for the game. As a student-athlete, she was an extremely tough competitor and has carried that over in her approach to coaching. She wants to get the best out of each student-athlete and help them reach their potential both on the court and in the classroom."

Plummer has coaching experience at both the high school and the collegiate level. She was involved in the coaching, player development, and recruiting last season for the Gorloks. That was preceded by one season as a varsity assistant coach in the Normandy School District in St. Louis.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the women's basketball program," said Plummer. "I am looking forward to working under the leadership of Coach Buscher and helping her continue to build a strong basketball program here at SIUE."

A WNBA draft prospect in 2010, Plummer was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection for the Bulldogs. In 130 games in her collegiate career, she finished No. 18 all-time in scoring with 1,343 points. She ranked among Drake's all-time leaders in steals with 130 and free throw percentage at .798.

She was a two-time preseason All-MVC selection and earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Air Force Classic during the 2009-10 season.

At Cardinal Ritter, Plummer was a four-time Class 3A All-State selection after scoring more than 2,000 points in her prep career. A four-time first team all-Archdiocese Conference pick, she averaged 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.5 steals, and 3.5 assists per game her senior season to earn a nomination as a McDonald's All-American.

Plummer graduated from Drake in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.


SIUE graduate qualifies for PGA Championship

EDWARDSVILLE -- Bob Gaus, a member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Athletics Hall of Fame as a player on the 1983 men's golf team, has qualified for the PGA Championships in August.

He will be among the field at Oak Hill Country Club (Pittsford, N.Y.) Aug. 8-11 looking to take home the Wanamaker Trophy in golf's final major tournament of the year. He qualified for the PGA Championship with a birdie on the first playoff hole at the recent PGA Club Championships, finishing among the top 20 players overall at the event.

Gaus, a club professional at Tower Tee Golf Center in St. Louis, is coming off a tied for 59th place finish at the Senior PGA Championships held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. His six-over par 290 tied him with Mark Mouland, Mark Wiebe, Ian Woosnam, and Francisco Minoza.

Women's tennis

SIUE inks Norwegian champion

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's tennis team announced the addition of Oslo, Norway, native Mia Frogner who will join the Cougars in the fall.

"Mia will be a great addition for our program," said SIUE head coach Jason Coomer. "She has competed on the international level against some of the best in Norway. Mia's athleticism, in addition to her natural ability on the court, will serve her well during her transition to the college level."

Frogner was the No. 2-ranked player in the under 18 age division in Norway and has now turned her attention to raising her ranking in the senior (open) rankings. She has been ranked as high as No. 9 in Norway in the senior (open) rankings.

A semifinalist for every year at the indoor and outdoor Norwegian Championships since age 11, she earned first place honors in Masters under 18 tournament. She has 15 Norwegian Cup victories and has been a multiple champion at the Norwegian Championship in doubles and mixed doubles.

Her best finish was second at the Norwegian Championship under 18 age division.

"Mia has demonstrated that she can play at an extremely competitive level which was illustrated by her success at the Norwegian Championships," Coomer said.


SIUE, adidas announce partnership

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced an expanded partnership with adidas(*168*) that will carry through the 2017-18 season.

The Portland, Ore., based company will provide official footwear, apparel, and accessories to Cougar athletics for the next five years.

SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said this agreement allows for significant cost savings over the life of the partnership.

"It's a win-win for the entire institution and especially for intercollegiate athletics," said Hewitt.

SIUE Athletics will be able to deal directly with adidas(*168*) rather than third-party vendors. SIUE also will have access to numerous designs and items not previously accessible to the department.

"It is a cost savings on commodities that we would have purchased. We're going to save more money, get better quality products for that amount of money, and in return it offers tremendous discounts for many other constituents on campus to participate in. There is a savings for high-quality products as well," Hewitt added.

"Our goal at adidas(*168*) is to help athletes perform better and we look forward to introducing the best in performance footwear, apparel, and accessories to SIUE and its fans," said Mark Daniels, Director of Team Sports for adidas(*168*) America. "We're excited to continue and expand our partnership with SIUE and help SIUE student-athletes become strong, lighter, and faster."

adidas(*168*) will supply the Cougars with the apparel, footwear and accessories starting with the 2013-14 season for all sports except men's soccer which has a separate apparel and footwear agreement in place.

The SIUE Bookstore also will see gains in the agreement. The bookstore will be able to work directly with adidas(*168*) to provide more designs of SIUE Athletics gear to students, alumni, and fans.

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